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Aug 27, 2011 08:30 PM

Geoducks - clams with charisma

This huge clam has a neck that can be three feet long. They dig 'em up in Washington and Canada and ship them off to sell them to eager Asians, who find the shape, er, inspiring.

They are even starting to farm them, the demand is so good. You won't see them at your Safeway, however, this is strictly an export commodity.

The article is well written and fun to read.


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  1. I regularly see them in the fish department at 99Ranch in the north Seattle suburbs. About $15/lb. Haven't bought one yet.

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    1. re: paulj

      I buy them at some of the Asian markets here in Queens. Expensive- cheapest is $17/lb, usually $20-25. I buy the smallest one I can find, which is usually about 1/2-2/3 lb. Its absolutely essential to get one with a very tight neck. Slap it a bit, the neck should retract and get very tight. If its stretched in any way, or doesn't respond to being slapped around, don't buy it. I slice the neck for sashimi (don't cook it- it will get hard as a rock) and flour and fry the belly muscles. The belly itself is pretty gross...its so big it doesn't cook fully without falling apart, and has a really strong taste.

        1. re: EricMM

          Don't you clean out the belly before cooking?

          1. re: Sharuf

            The geoduck is basically a giant steamer clam. But while the belly is the best part of the steamer clam, the belly on even the smallest geoduck is the size of a dozen steamer bellies combined. Way too intense, and a lousy, mushy texture anyway. So, yes, when I make geoduck I cut away and discard the belly.

      1. I remember growing up my parents would buy geoduck clam all the time and slice it up thin and eat it raw with a hot chili paste dipping sauce. Was too strong for me at the time (like 25 years ago) but it was dirt cheap and always available. Now clams are one of my favorite foods in the world and wish the prices were the same. :(

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        1. re: Bunson

          Are your parents Korean by any chance? :)

        2. We see geoduck on the menu all the time at the better Chinatown restaurants here in Boston.

          1. I LOVE geoduck raw as sashimi, and in sashimi salad preparations. I don't care for it cooked as much.

            It is a little spendy, though...